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New Family Information

We can't wait to see you!

Welcome to WNS! We are so excited to have you join us. We recognize that schools admit not only students but families as well, and we believe yours will be a wonderful addition to the WNS community.

We understand that joining a new school community can be a big transition, and we will help to make that transition as seamless as possible. This webpage contains information and resources to help guide you as you begin your WNS journey.

Mid-summer, you will receive a password giving you access to OnCampus, our school password-protected website. There, you will find information about lunch service options, Parent/Caregiver Group activities, the Parent/Caregiver Handbook, and other information that will help you and your child prepare for the new school year. Until then, this is your information hub.

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Welcome Video

Welcome to WNS!

We have a lot of people who are excited to meet you! Take a look and see who you’ll get to know when you arrive!

2024-25 Calendar

We call this quick-reference calendar the At-A-Glance calendar. Feel free to bookmark or download and print it out. These dates are unlikely to change, but if they do, families will receive an email regarding the change. 

Upcoming Events & Save the Dates

We have a number of events leading up to the start of next school year that are intended to be informative, fun, and welcoming. We hope you’ll attend as many as feasible for you and your family! 

  • WNS Annual Gala & Auction, In-Flight Entertainment | Ebell of Los Angeles: Friday, April 19, 7:30pm – 11:30pm

The WNS Annual Gala & Auction is a special evening celebration of our entire community: our parents/caregivers, faculty, and staff come together for a night of entertainment, fundraising, food & drinks, and dancing. This includes our new families, too! Click here to view our Gala landing page for all the details. If you have any questions, please email gala@wns-la.org

  • Welcome Reception for Parents of New Students: Tuesday, May 14, 6pm – 7:30pm

Please save the date and join us to mingle and connect with other parents/caregivers of new students. We will make introductions to key members of our community and provide information about the coming school year. An invitation will follow.

  • ECC Open House: Tuesday, May 21, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

The ECC Open House provides an opportunity for current parents/caregivers and students to visit their classrooms, tour other classrooms throughout the school, and celebrate the near completion of another tremendous year of learning and growing. New families are welcome to visit!

  • ECC Family Social: Saturday, June 1, 9:00am – 10:30am

Please mark your calendar for a morning of fun at our ECC playground. An invitation will be sent separately closer to the date.

  • All School Block Party: Sunday, August 25

Come celebrate the start of the school year at our block party kick-off with activities, food, and lots of friends.

  • Start of School Kick-off Zoom Meetings: Wednesday, August  28, 4:45 – 5:30pm
  • ECC Playdates: Wednesday, August 28 

This is a casual opportunity to bring your child to visit their classroom and meet their teachers the day before school starts. This will be in the morning and times will be sent in August.

  • ECC FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Thursday, August 29 

Preschool & DK will open the school year on Thursday, August 29. The first day of school is a minimum day (half day).

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  • WNS Annual Gala & Auction, In-Flight Entertainment | Ebell of Los Angeles: Friday, April 19, 7:30pm – 11:30pm

The WNS Annual Gala & Auction is a special evening celebration of our entire community: our parents/caregivers, faculty, and staff come together for a night of entertainment, fundraising, food & drinks, and dancing. This includes our new families, too! Click here to view our Gala landing page for all the details. If you have any questions, please email gala@wns-la.org

  • Welcome Reception for Parents of New Students: Tuesday, May 14, 6pm – 7:30pm

Please save the date and join us to mingle and connect with other parents/caregivers of new students. We will make introductions to key members of our community and provide information about the coming school year. An invitation will follow.

  • K-8 Open House: Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

The K-8 Open House provides an opportunity for current parents/caregivers and students to visit their classrooms, tour other classrooms throughout the school, and celebrate the near completion of another tremendous year of learning and growing. New families are welcome to visit!

  • Kindergarten Family Social: Saturday, June 1, 10:00am – 11:30am

Please mark your calendar for a morning of fun at our kindergarten play yard. An invitation will be sent separately closer to the date.

  • K-8 Host Students for New Students

In late spring, we will pair each new student with a host student/family or small group of students (pod). This will allow our new elementary and middle school families opportunities to connect over the summer more intimately before the start of school.

  • All School Block Party: Sunday, August 25

Come celebrate the start of the school year at our block party kick-off with activities, food, and lots of friends.

  • K-5 Classroom Drop in Time: Tuesday, August 27 

This is an optional casual visit with your child to see their classroom and meet their teachers the day before school starts. Times will be sent in August.

  • Start of School Kick-off Zoom Meetings: Tuesday, August 27, 5-5:45pm
  • K-8 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Wednesday, August 28 

K-8 will open on Wednesday, August 28. The first day of school is a minimum day (half day).

  • WNS Annual Gala & Auction, In-Flight Entertainment | Ebell of Los Angeles: Friday, April 19, 7:30pm – 11:30pm

The WNS Annual Gala & Auction is a special evening celebration of our entire community: our parents/caregivers, faculty, and staff come together for a night of entertainment, fundraising, food & drinks, and dancing. This includes our new families, too! Click here to view our Gala landing page for all the details. If you have any questions, please email gala@wns-la.org

  • Welcome Reception for Parents of New Students: Tuesday, May 14, 6pm – 7:30pm

Please save the date and join us to mingle and connect with other parents/caregivers of new students. We will make introductions to key members of our community and provide information about the coming school year. An invitation will follow.

  • K-8 Open House: Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

The K-8 Open House provides an opportunity for current parents/caregivers and students to visit their classrooms, tour other classrooms throughout the school, and celebrate the near completion of another tremendous year of learning and growing. New families are welcome to visit!

  • Rising 6th Grade Parent/Caregiver Meeting: Thursday, May 30, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Join us on campus for our Class of 2027 Middle School Transition Meeting (adults only). More information and an invitation will follow.

  • K-8 Host Students for New Students

In late spring, we will pair each new student with a host student/family or small group of students (pod). This will allow our new elementary and middle school families opportunities to connect over the summer more intimately before the start of school.

  • All School Block Party: Sunday, August 25

Come celebrate the start of the school year at our block party kick-off with activities, food, and lots of friends.

  • 6-8 Meet and Greets on Zoom: Monday, August 26 

This is an optional opportunity for a chance to connect with teachers one on one before the first day of school. A sign up sheet will be sent in August.

  • All 6th and New 7th Student Orientation: Tuesday, August 27 

There’s lots to learn about middle school. This two and a half hour orientation will give our middle schoolers a leg up on what they need to know for a successful start to the school year.

  • Start of School Kick-off Zoom Meetings: Tuesday, August 27, 6-6:45pm
  • K-8 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Wednesday, August 28 

K-8 will open on Wednesday, August 28. The first day of school is a minimum day (half day).

ECC (Preschool & DK) Required Licensing Forms

Please note, forms for the ECC (Early Childhood Center) are due by June 3, 2024 and should be submitted via the submission button below. 

Kindergarten - 8th Grade Required Medical Forms

Please note, forms for K-8 are due by June 3rd, 2024 and should be submitted via the submission button below, or via email to Enjolie Gray at healthservices@wns-la.org. They can also be scanned and mailed to WNS, addressed to Enjolie Gray. 

Westside Summer Program

We are so excited for the 2024 Westside Summer Program! Available for ECC and K-8 students, the summer program offers transitional courses to support students in preparing for the new school year, along with summer fun!

This year, the summer program will run for three weeks, from July 8 – July 26, 2024. Registration to be announced soon. 

Tuition Insurance and Billing Information

Below are links related to tuition that we hope you’ll find useful as you get acclimated and acquainted with the school. Feel free to bookmark or return to this page. 

Costs Outside Tuition

Learn more about optional additional costs, for services such as Hot Lunch, After Class Enrichment (ACE), and the WNS morning bus service. 

CUP Traffic Protocols & School Hours

An overview of school hours, pickup and dropoff times, the WNS rules of the road, and more. 

WNS Spirit Wear

WNS also has a small spirit gear service! The are fully online and managed through the website vendor. Items purchased here can be worn for PE, on field trips, as well as every day! We hope you enjoy the options, and we will notify the community if/when new items are added.

Summer Reading Lists

Kindergarten Reading Lists

Rising 1st Grade

Rising 2nd Grade

Rising 3rd Grade

Rising 4th Grade

Rising 5th Grade

Rising Middle School Summer Reading

FAQs

Early Childhood Center drop off and pickup times are staggered and occur between 8:30 am – 9:00 am and 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm, respectively.

For kindergarten through eighth grade, our school day begins at 8:10 am, with drop-off starting at 7:30 am. Dismissal times occur between 2:45 pm and 3:35 pm, depending on the grade level.

WNS offers early and late care through our ACE (After Class Enrichment) Program for all students Preschool-8. Early drop-off (free of charge) for ECC students begins at 8:00 am and for K-8th grade students at 7:30am. Late pick-up (for a fee) for all students extends until 5:30 pm.

For students 4 years and older, WNS offers morning bus service. For 2023-24, the bus routes serviced the following areas every day (please note, these routes and times are subject to change for 2024-25): 

North Route (Santa Monica/ Venice)

  • Walgrove Elementary – 7:25am pickup, 7:30am departure
  • Sawtelle & National (West LA) (Rite Aid & Staples) – 7:40am pickup, 7:45am departure

East Route (Inglewood/ Ladera Heights)

  • Regent & Market  (CVS Parking lot) – 7:10am pickup , 7:15am departure
  • Windsor Hills Elementary (East side of the school)- 7:25am pickup, 7:30am departure 
  • Ladera Park – La Brea & 62nd (Yvonne B Burke Senior & Community Center) – 7:35am pickup, 7:40am departure

South Route (South Bay/ Playa del Rey)

  • Aviation and PCH – Trader Joes Parking Lot (Redondo Beach) – 7am pick up, 7:05 departure
  • Pacific Elementary (Manhattan Beach) – 7:25am pick up, 7:30am departure 

Forming a carpool or riding the WNS morning bus is one of the best things you can do to help our school as well as reduce your carbon footprint!

The cost for the bus service is $1200 per student for students riding up to five days a week or $750 per student for students riding three days a week or less (support available for students receiving financial assistance).

WNS is pleased to offer families the option to order delicious and healthy lunches during the school year for all grades Preschool-8 through the Organic Kids LA program. Ordering and payment is convenient through their simple, secure online system and must be done so in advance. Their program uses natural, local, and organic ingredients whenever possible, and all poultry and dairy products are antibiotic- and hormone-free. To maintain their commitment to being kind to the environment, their program uses 100% recyclable and compostable packaging.

In the Early Childhood Center, snacks are provided for all students. In grades K-8, students bring their own snacks from home.

WNS provides laptops for students starting in 3rd grade. In grades 3-5, students use Chromebooks which they leave at school. In grades 6-8, students use Macbooks which they take home. WNS keeps a supply of iPads for students in grades K-2.

We can't wait to see you!